Walker unemployment down to 4.7%

By ED HOWELL
Posted 8/18/18

Walker County's unemployment rate declined from 5.3 percent in June to 4.7 percent in July, according to the Alabama Department of Labor. The rate was still higher than the 4.1 percent posted by …

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Walker unemployment down to 4.7%

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Walker County's unemployment rate declined from 5.3 percent in June to 4.7 percent in July, according to the Alabama Department of Labor. 

The rate was still higher than the 4.1 percent posted by the state and the 3.9 percent rate posted nationally, both of which were seasonally adjusted. The state rate was unchanged, while the national rate was down from 4 percent.

An estimated 1,205 people were estimated to be unemployed in the county in July, out of a civilian labor force of 25,778. 

The county rate in July 2017 was 5 percent, while the national rate at the time was 4.3 percent and the state rate was 4.1 percent. 

Jobless rates for the surrounding area included Winston, 4.5 percent (down from 5.1 percent in June); Marion, 4.3 percent (down from 5 percent); Fayette, 4.4 percent (down from 5.3 percent); Cullman, 3.5 percent (down from 4.2 percent), Tuscaloosa, 4.5 percent (down from 5 percent); Blount, 3.8 percent (down from 4.5 percent); and Jefferson, 4.6 percent to 4.1 percent. 

Walker County had the 32nd highest unemployment rate out of the state's 67 counties, which was higher than any of the counties that surrounded it. Next in the area was Tuscaloosa at 41st and Winston at 42nd. 

Shelby County had the lowest in July at 3.1 percent, followed by Cullman at 3.5 percent. Wilcox had the highest at 11.2 percent, with the next lowest being Clarke County at 9.1 percent. The highest eight counties were above 7 percent, while the lowest 12 counties were below 4 percent. The eighth lowest was Blount County at 3.8 percent. 

Meanwhile, Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington said Friday in a statement that Alabama has broken its employment record for the third month in a row. 

A total of 2,105,513 people were employed in July, compared to 2,098,121 in June. That is also up from July 2017’s count of 2,077,406, resulting in an increase of 28,107 over one year.

In July, 90,987 people were counted as unemployed, compared to 89,302 in June and 89,858 in July 2017.

“We continue to break employment records in Alabama,” Washington said. “Nearly 30,000 more people are working now than they were last year. The message is clear, Alabama: We have jobs!”

“Those jobs are coming with higher wages. We’ve seen wages increase both over the month and over the year. In fact, workers in Alabama are earning more weekly than they have in the past 11 years.”